On Competition and the Strategic Management of Intellectual Property in Oligopoly
AbstractAn innovative firm chooses strategically whether to patent its process innovation or rely on secrecy. By doing so, the firm manages its rival’s beliefs about the size of the innovation, and affects the incentives in the product market. Different measures of competitive pressure in the product market have different effects on the equilibrium patenting choices of an innovative firm with unknown costs and probabilistic patent validity. Increasing the number of firms (degree of product substitutability) gives a smaller (greater) patenting incentive. Switching from Bertrand to Cournot competition gives a smaller (greater) patenting incentive if patent protection is weak (strong).
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Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Bertrand and Cournot competition; oligopoly; product differentiation; entry; asymmetric information; strategic disclosure; stochastic patent; trade secret; process innovation; imitation;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- O32 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
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- NEP-ALL-2009-05-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2009-05-02 (Business Economics)
- NEP-COM-2009-05-02 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-CSE-2009-05-02 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-CTA-2009-05-02 (Contract Theory & Applications)
- NEP-IND-2009-05-02 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-INO-2009-05-02 (Innovation)
- NEP-IPR-2009-05-02 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-MIC-2009-05-02 (Microeconomics)
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